The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Winrock International have launched a first-of-its-kind, multi-million-dollar investment fund focused on helping Delta-based startups and entrepreneurs compete on a global scale. The Delta I-Fund, which includes an initial $1 million investment from IBERIABANK as well as another $1 million from the DRA, will target local entrepreneurs across the eight-state Delta region and provide key training, mentoring and capital investment to help them build their businesses. Learn more about the fund from the DRA's press release.
Tennessee Governor William “Bill” Haslam created the Rural Task Force to bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee. The task force’s new website features a wealth of information for rural community leaders, including a searchable database to find the right resources. Learn more on the Tennessee Governor's Rural Task Force page.
The Minneapolis Fed has launched a new research institute focused on inequality. The initiative will sponsor in-house scholarship at the Minneapolis Fed as well as promote the study of economic inequality issues throughout the Federal Reserve System. An advisory board made up of economists such as Stanford University’s Raj Chetty and Harvard University’s Lawrence Katz will decide on areas of focus. Learn more at the Institute’s website.